Earlier today Star Trek’s new Scotty Simon Pegg made a comment that the recently rebooted Star Trek films were examples of how Hollywood has run out of new ideas. More details below, plus the red band trailer for Pegg’s Paul.
Pegg talks Star Trek vs. New Ideas
Earlier on Wednesday Star Trek’s new Scotty Simon Pegg tweeted a link to an article in GQ Magazine with the endorsement "Brand recognition is the death of ideas. Great article about the state of the film industry". The article he linked to was "The Day the Movies Died" by Mark Harris, which is a critique on how "bad things are in Hollywood" and how today’s marketing-driven and demographic-obsessed studio system chooses franchises and brands over new ideas. The GQ article even cites the 2012 Star Trek sequel as one of the examples, deriding it as a "A sequel to a reboot of an adaptation of a TV show." Shortly after linking to the GQ article, Pegg posted the following comment on the new Trek films, seemingly to both indict and praise them at the same time:
Many of Pegg’s followers had pointed out to the actor that he has played a part in appearing in franchise films, including Star Trek and Mission Impossible. Pegg replied back saying that he has appeared in both of these franchises "Because of JJ [Abrams]"
While it is true that Star Trek was a known brand, it still took some intestinal fortitude for Paramount execs to go ahead with a big budget reboot of the franchise so soon after the disappointing returns for Enterprise and Nemesis.
New Red Band Paul Trailer
In other news, Simon Pegg’s new movie Paul is a big hit in the UK. The sci-fi comedy is headed to the US on March 18th. On Thursday Universal released a ‘red band’ trailer for the R rated film. Check it out